Last week, veteran reliever Francisco Rodriguez was released by the Detroit Tigers, however, Rodriguez appears to have quickly found his new home. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Rodriguez will likely sign with the Washington Nationals.
The Nationals, a team who has been deprived of production from their bullpen this season, will look for Rodriguez to help aid their pen’s woes, however, his 2017 struggles make this signing a puzzling one.
This year, Rodriguez has struggled immensely to get batters out and close out games. Blowing six out of 13 saves opportunities this season, Rodriguez has been lackluster in the ninth inning. However, after his struggles in the ninth inning, the Tigers moved him out of the role, but to no avail.
In 25 1/3 innings pitched, Rodriguez has posted an abysmal 7.82 ERA, to go along with a 1.66 WHIP in 28 appearances.
The motive behind the Nationals signing of him is unclear at the moment, as is his potential role with them.
With closer Koda Glover coming off the disabled list soon, and lefty Enny Romero beginning to come into his own, it’s unclear whether Rodriguez would be given the keys to the ninth inning. However, acquiring Rodriguez likely will not be the lone move the Nationals make to upgrade their ailing pen.
With names such as David Robertson, Brad Hand and Kelvin Herrera on the trade market, the Nationals will likely look to acquire at least one of them to help fortify their bullpen.
In his 15-year career, Rodriguez has spent time with the Los Angeles Angels, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers, Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers.